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#72 Crescent Moon Coffee


Crescent Moon Coffee

140 N 8th St.
Lincoln, NE
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Contact: 402-435-2828

 

WWW.CRESCENTMOONCOFFEE.COM
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Date Visited: November 3, 2019

Now, this is an experience I am excited to tell you about. I was driving through downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, and spotted a sign for Crescent Moon coffee shop. Parked the van and followed the arrows. The sun was beginning to set, it was 5:30 p.m. and I needed a caffeine boost! To my surprise, the coffee shop was located down the stairwell. This was my first “basement” cafe!

The Inside

I opened the door at the bottom of the stairs and walked into the coffee shop. The aesthetic was definitely one of my personal favorites. Crescent Moon is extremely industrial, with cement floors, preserved raw brick, massive exposed wooden beams, cozy lighting, and tons of seating. I really wish I could physically take you there through this article, you would love it. It’s unlike the majority of shops I have interviewed; underground, not a single window, tons of hanging artwork, and soft folk music playing in the background.

There were easily over 25 people enjoying the shop with me. The subtle hum of fingers typing on a keyboard, people lounging on chairs and couches, studying textbooks, or quietly catching up with friends. This place was so deceivingly large, it’s hard to show in the photos. But it has an entire additional side where I discovered another 15 chairs and desks. I really loved the rawness, yet intentionality of this coffeeshop build.

Barista

I was heading up to the counter to meet the barista when suddenly a lady came out from a room that appeared to be an office. I politely stopped to ask them if they were the owner and to my surprise they were! They said they were about to head out for the day but if I wanted to ask them more questions, she and her family would be relaxing at a bar down the street in an hour. I said “Perfect, I would love to!”

The Coffee

While I was there I ordered a cup of their Sumatra dark roast coffee and WOW it was good! My mug was full of rich dark chocolate and smokey notes. The roaster they use is “The Coffee Roaster” which happens to be a local roastery out of Lincoln, NE. If you’d like to try this coffee or a different roast, here is the link to buy online.

The Food

Crescent Moon offers tons of great food options! They have a bunch of freshly baked pastries to choose from: scones, muffins, sweet rolls, and cookies. And homemade soup that will warm you right up on a cold Nebraskan winter’s day. Two of their most popular items are crepes and paninis! With over half a dozen food options for each, you can’t go wrong. As I’m writing this, I wish I would’ve ordered a cinnamon sugar crepe! Be sure to check their hours to see when the crepes and paninis are available.

Meeting the Family

I walked to the bar down the street and met up with the Crescent Moon family! I met the owner, Amanda, and her mom Melinda. I also had the pleasure of meeting Cole, Mark, and Amanda’s grandmother Darlene. They treated me to a beer after hearing about all the coffee I had consumed that day. I learned that Crescent Moon began in 2001, and this building with the bar was actually their first location. Amanda owns the coffee shop and Melinda (her Mom) runs the payroll books. They stumbled upon the underground location years ago; it used to be an old architecture firm full of drafting tables, no plumbing, and no coffee bar. It had been sitting empty for 5 years, but the minute they saw it, the family had a vision of the successful coffee shop it would become. I’m happy to report what a good job they have done. We learned about each other’s lives for almost two hours, telling stories of coffee, biking, and traveling. They were very nice people and we quickly became friends. I cherish moments like this, feeling as if I truly learned about the place, and the people, I have temporarily visited.

The following day I visited Crescent Moon for Poetry Night and ended up running into Darlene. She was one of the sweetest women I met in Lincoln and was very excited about my coffee blog. She hugged me goodbye when I was leaving and wished me safe travels. If you see her or anyone in the family, be sure to tell them Spencer says hello.

Tasty Tidbit

The Crescent Moon Insider Scoop!
Monday’s – Poetry Night
Wednesday’s – Touring Bands
Thursday’s – Music Open Mic
Friday’s – Solo Musician
Saturday’s – Larger Bands
(Likely altered due to COVID-19)

The Bathroom

Considering there were two bathrooms, shared between a coffee shop, tattoo parlor, and an escape room all on the same floor, they were very clean and well maintained. Fully stocked with toilet paper, spotless floors, and large enough to hold a dance party. I am going to rank this an 8/10.

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#71 Method Cycles & Craft House


Method Cycles & Craft House

301 S 9th St. Suite 100
Lincoln, NE
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Contact: 844-807-7035

 

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Date Visited: November 3, 2019

I rolled into Lincoln, Nebraska around 5:00 p.m. on November, 3rd 2019 in a dire need of coffee. The sun was beginning to set and I looked up the nearest coffee shop to me. My GPS pinged me back with Method Cycle & Craft House. Didn’t sound like a coffee place but I was eager to find out. I parked out front and to my amazement there were a ton of bike racks and the window read “BEER BIKES COFFEE.” This is my kind of place.

The Inside

I headed through the glass doors to discover one of my favorite designed coffee shops. I enjoyed the cement floors, reclaimed wood, industrial lighting, exposed wood ceiling, and handbuilt table and chairs. There was some cool artwork hanging on the walls by the artist, Jeff Iwanski @jdiwanski, consisting of eyeballs, birds, and smiles. Straight back there was a full-service bike shop for repairs, tools, and gear. I spotted the most perfect sign that read, “Filter coffee, not people.” I headed up to the bar to grab a seat.

Barista

At the bar, I was greeted by the barista, Karynn, she loved my shirt and asked what it meant. I explained that I am traveling the country checking out coffee shops and she was excited that I happened to stop here. She has been working here for the past three years and really enjoys it. She gave me a little rundown on the coffee shop and said they serve coffee, beer, cocktails, and fix bikes. 

They have 14 craft beers on tap and most of them are local. The chai, vanilla, lavender, and orange syrups are all homemade. They offer free WIFI for customers and each barista gets to choose which music to play during their shift. Karynn told me it can be anything from jazz to hip-hop, cottonmouth, indie soul, or good news for people that like bad news. The coffee shop is open till 10:00 p.m. and the bike shop closes at 6 p.m. The artwork is local and changes monthly on the first Friday.

The Coffee

While interviewing Karynn, I asked her if I could please order a cup of black coffee. She poured me a fresh one and told me that their roaster is Archetype out of Omaha, NE and I should check them out. It was piping hot but it smelled delicious and I couldn’t resist a sip. It was full of notes and hit the spot after a long day on the road. They offered all sorts of coffee drinks and one was even an espresso soda, I regret not trying it. Two drinks she recommended was the Plum Cider – apple cider, cinnamon, plum tea. The other was Velo Orange which was an iced orange cortado which sounded good!

The Food

Method offers a few sweet treats to fill you up. The pastries were mainly made in house or by a local bakery, Le Quartier. There were muffins, pain au chocolat, cinnamon rolls, danish, and quiche. If you were in the mood for something more different, they had nuts, olives, bread & oil, hummus plate, cheese plate, and a charcuterie plate. I heard good things about their homemade granola as well, you could pair it with fresh fruit and milk or fresh fruit and yogurt. Check out the Tasty Tidbit later in the article for a Method insider.

Bike Shop

There is a complete full-service bike shop in the back of Method. I was highly impressed and if many of you don’t know already, I love cycling and I’ve even ridden across the United States. This made me really happy to see that they offer a plethora of tools and a pump for customers even when the bike shop part of Method is closed. Funny story, I was taking photos of the pump and tools when a random girl comes up and asks me if I can please help fill up her back tire because her valve stem was acting weird. I didn’t work there, but I was honored to do it for her. Maybe I just look like a coffee drinking cyclist. Method is a meeting spot for many cycle clubs and running clubs in Lincoln, NE. They even host bike packing classes for people interesting in touring as well. Join one of the clubs, they get discounts on drinks, can’t beat that! Shoutout to Karynn for opening the closed bike shop I could see it.

Tasty Tidbit

Make a note, Method serves some tasty housemade liege (Belgian) waffles every Saturday and Sunday until noon. They sounded amazing and they are always a big hit, don’t miss out! Next time I’m in Lincoln, this is my first stop.

The Bathroom

The bathroom was good, nothing special. It had everything you needed and even a plug if you had to charge your phone I suppose. I will give them credit for the stall because it looks like they built it with very similar construction as the tables. It was clean, no complaints. I will be ranking this bathroom a 7.5/10, I think they should add some cool bike touches.